Genre: Adventure, Interactive story, Puzzle
Compatibility: PlayStationVR2, Meta Quest Pro, Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest 3, and Valve Index
Platforms: Steam, Meta Store, Play Station Store
Minimum requirements: Windows 10 64 bit, i7 9700k/Ryzen 3700 equivalent or greater, 16 GB RAM, RTX 2070/RX 5700 XT, Directx: 12, 30 GB free space
Release date: Oct 19, 2023
Developer: Vertigo Games
Price: 29.99 Euro
As fans of The 7th Guest, We were thrilled to dive into the world of the newly reimagined classic. We were eager to experience the detailed environments, puzzles, and horror story that Vertigo Games had recreated for VR.
Join us as we review The 7th Guest VR and share our thoughts on the Quest 3 gameplay.
- The 7th Guest VR is a full-fledged remake of the original 7th Guest, faithfully recreating locations and modernizing FMV (full motion video) elements.
- The game offers a detailed environment with shifting elements, a lantern mechanic to reveal hidden objects and a stylized visual aesthetic that looks impressive on standalone VR hardware.
- The FMV live-action sequences blend seamlessly with the VR world, featuring actors captured as fully voiced 3D FMV characters, adding to the cheesy, campy horror feeling of the original.
- The game provides a variety of challenging puzzles that test math skills, memory, reflexes, planning, and general knowledge, with options available to help players progress if they get stuck.
Design Variety and Challenge
Frequently, you find yourself challenged by the unique structures and complexity of the puzzles in The 7th Guest VR. Gameplay variety is abundant, as puzzles test math skills, memory, reflexes, planning, and general knowledge.
If you ever get stuck, two free hints are available to nudge you in the right direction, and coins can even be used to solve a puzzle. The game offers a real challenge, requiring multiple attempts for some puzzles.
Although luck-based puzzles are absent, the final sequence is regrettably based on chance. Despite this, the game remains an enjoyable puzzle adventure with captivating visuals and a faithful modernization of the original.
We are impressed with how well The 7th Guest VR runs on the Quest 3 platform. It offers a smooth experience with no noticeable lag or stutter.
The game engine is optimized for VR, giving players the freedom to explore the detailed environment without impacting performance.
The puzzles are challenging without being too difficult, and the gameplay variety keeps things interesting.
The lantern mechanic reveals hidden objects and adds to the puzzle challenge.
The visuals are crisp and vibrant, and the sound design is fantastic. There’s no need to reduce graphical settings to maintain a smooth experience.
Details & Specs
Building on the optimized performance of the Quest 3 platform, The 7th Guest VR also offers a range of technical specs and details that make it an attractive option for VR gamers. The game features 17 rooms with 2-3 puzzles each. To ensure a challenging experience, the puzzles offer a range of complexity and provide a few hints and collectible coins to help progress if stuck.
Rerun options are limited, but players can still explore the environments and witness the story again. The game provides 5 to 6 hours of content, but the lack of meaningful rerun options beyond exploration may limit its appeal.
Often, The 7th Guest VR appeals to those looking for a spooky puzzle adventure without being scary at all. It provides a captivating VR environment with attention to detail, beautiful environments, fantastic puzzles, and a fun horror story.
The game is suitable for non-horror fans, as it contains no moments to startle you. The target audience consists of fans of the original game and newcomers alike, with the former appreciating the lovingly crafted VR reimagining and the latter enjoying the story in a modernized format.
The game also offers a range of replayability options, such as giving you some additional hints and collectible coins that can be used to solve puzzles.
Pros and Cons
The 7th Guest VR offers fans of the original a nostalgic journey and newcomers a modernized horror experience.
There are many positives to discuss, including the detailed visuals and atmosphere, the clever puzzles, and the FMV sequences.
Since its release in 1993, The 7th Guest has been heralded as a classic, and its VR recapturing is no exception. The 7th Guest VR is an impressive reimagining with beautiful environments, fantastic puzzles, and a fun horror story. It offers a great experience without intensive moments that would scare the hell out of you.
- Length of Content – For a VR game, the duration – for about several hours is quite satisfying. No additional content unlocks after completion.
- The game is created very well in detail. Different pictures and objects throughout the game change their look and perspective as you’re using your lamp. This part of the gameplay is one of the most enjoyable things in The 7th Guest.
What we didn`t like about the game is that the rerun is an issue, as after solving the puzzles once, there’s no incentive to replay the game.
Additionally, the final puzzle sequence may be frustrating for some players, as it’s luck-based and can take a long time to solve.
Lastly, the game’s content is limited and straightforward, and there is little reason to replay the whole game.
Despite these drawbacks, The 7th Guest VR still offers an enjoyable, spooky puzzle adventure for fans of the original and newcomers alike.
User feedback for The 7th Guest VR has been overwhelmingly positive. Many have praised the faithful recreation of the classic game. The visuals, atmosphere, and FMV sequences have all been excellently executed.
Players have also praised the variety of puzzles, noting that there are no luck-based puzzles included. They find the game to be challenging yet not too difficult.
However, the replay option of the game has been the subject of some criticism. Some players suggest the addition of more collectibles and rewards for completing the puzzles multiple times.
Despite this critique, the game is still considered to be an enjoyable experience. It strikes a perfect balance between difficulty and fun.
The game has over 80 reviews so far on Steam platform, and they’re all extremely positive. In Meta Store, it has received 117 reviews so far, and the average rating is 4.5/5. It is good to mention here that the game was released less than a week ago – Oct 19.2023.
Overall, The 7th Guest VR is a fantastic recapture of the classic game. It offers a variety of designs and challenges, optimized performance, detailed specs, and a great range of options for all types of players.
While there may be some minor flaws, the overall experience is highly enjoyable and a great way to revisit the beloved classic.